The mission of the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of services and resources to assist families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.

How parents can negotiate their child’s path through special education

Michigan Radio and Bridge Magazine collaborated to examine the challenges of special education services in Michigan schools. This is a report by Sarah Alvarez, of Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity and Infowire team. All parents of kids with disabilities have a lot to know when it comes […]

Child Poverty among Immigrant and Racial/Ethnic Minority Families

The Julian Samora Research Institute report, Child Poverty among Immigrant and Racial/Ethnic Minority Families in Michigan: Explaining the Latino and Non-Latino Gaps, takes data from the American Community Survey from 2007 through 2011 and notes differences in poverty levels between immigrant and native children as well as between […]

State of Young Hispanic Children

Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers.  They posted the “State of Young Hispanic Children” fact sheet. Learn more regarding demographics, education, health and family on this population to guide local […]

March 17, 2015 Moving Beyond Bias

The Lakeshore Ethnic and Diversity Alliance is holding a summit, Moving Beyond Bias, on March 27, 2015 at the Grand Haven High School. Registration is now open. This summit will delve into tools and strategies to impede the effect of unintentional bias. The speakers are nationally recognized and their […]

Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

A recent report has been released summarizing findings from a review of selected research related to family-centered care (FCC) for children with special health care needs. A Review of the Literature Pertaining to Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs was produced by the Lucile Packard Foundation […]

Essentials for Childhood Framework

Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure children reach their full potential. The Essentials for Childhood Framework from the Center for Disease Control, proposes evidence-based strategies that communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to […]